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Interview with John Botts, December 14th, 1991

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Botts, John (interviewee) Keenist, Patrick (interviewer)


In this interview, Mr. John Botts covers a variety of issues related to farming in general, and his life in farming, specifically. The beginning of the interview includes a discussion of the history of his farm. The Botts farm itself has been in the family for three generations, but Botts himself is the only one of his family of 15 brothers and sisters who still farms. At the time of the interview, the farm's major products were dairy and tobacco. He discusses how the farm came into his family and how it has been passed on. Within this discussion, Mr. Botts includes his history in farming, including how he got into farming and how his farming has changed. Also, Mr. Botts recounts the effects of the racism and prejudice he has faced as a black farmer. The interview also includes discussions of Mr. Botts' experiences with lending institutions, the state of his farm today, the plight of American farmers, health problems he and his family have faced, and his marriage and children. He also talks about the almost complete out-migration of African American farmers from this region and the loss of African American businesses in Mt. Sterling.This item has been aggregated as part of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)'s "Deeply Rooted: The Agricultural & Rural History of the American South" project.Family Farms of Kentucky Oral History Collection (OHFF), African American Farmers Oral History Project (FF002), Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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1991 12 14
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